Caris White

Caris '23 is from Long Beach, CA and is majoring in religion modified with art history. When not writing and editing stories for the Mirror, you can find her playing club soccer, snowboarding at the Skiway or rehearsing with Chamber orchestra. Post-college, she plans on attending medical school and pursuing a career in medical journalism. 


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Ten Days in Purgatory

The College’s COVID-19 outbreak meant that the first warm days of winter term were, for many, just another day of being trapped inside.

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Rush Reflections and the ‘Sophomore Slump’

Every year, hundreds of Dartmouth students rush Greek houses. A lot of us end up affiliated, and many of us do not. The process is hectic, inconsistent, fun and frequently disappointing. Even in normal times, it adds a complicated, sometimes contentious, layer to the social networks that we occupy. This year, that extra layer has felt especially weird. 

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A New Day in Washington

Over the past week I’ve had the fortune (misfortune?) of being The Dartmouth’s Washington correspondent for the presidential inauguration. Normally, the start of midterm season is a strange time to find oneself in a city 500 miles south of Hanover. However, after unexpectedly testing positive for COVID-19, I found myself spending the second and third weeks of classes in isolation at my uncle’s house in northwest Washington, D.C. So, for better or worse, I was unintentionally sitting right at the epicenter of American politics when the inauguration rolled around last week. 

Source: Courtesy of Caris White and Andrew Sasser

special issue

Editors' Note

Normally this special issue coincides with Homecoming, the first of Dartmouth’s three termly “big weekends.” But as we all already know, nothing about this fall is normal. Absent the usual hammering, sawing and bonfire wood-arranging fervor, this year’s Homecoming has been marked by a different kind of deconstruction. 

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I’m Here, But Not Really: Reflecting on Living Locally

My home this fall is in Enfield, New Hampshire, about 20 minutes from campus. I’m part of the significant portion of students living locally off campus, a community that spans several towns scattered within a roughly 45-minute radius of campus.



Windows, Walks and The Power of One Sunny Day

One of the few positive sides of the pandemic is that it’s helped us relearn to love the outdoors. The strict distancing guidelines in place to reduce COVID-19 transmission force us to plan any sizable gatherings outside. At Dartmouth, we’re blessed with beautiful natural surroundings, lots of green space and an institutional bent toward nature. However, we’re also blessed with somewhat tumultuous weather.